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Building a Third-Party Monitoring System in Northern Nigeria

USAID has selected MSI for the Nigeria Monitoring Project (NMP), a new five-year activity that will establish a third-party monitoring system in northern Nigeria.

The new system will monitor, verify and analyze trends on humanitarian programs in Nigeria funded by USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and the Office of Food for Peace (FFP). Often working in tandem, OFDA is responsible for providing emergency non-food humanitarian assistance in response to international crises and disasters, while FFP is responsible for providing emergency food assistance.

In FY 2017, OFDA and FFP programs provided over $360 million in funding and targeted approximately two million food-insecure people, including internally displaced persons and vulnerable host populations.

Despite the presence of these large humanitarian assistance programs, OFDA and FFP have been unable to carry out monitoring activities due to security concerns. Without verifiable information, USAID has lacked the necessary information to make future programming decisions.

To address this need, we will gather and analyze primary data to create an independent and verifiable monitoring mechanism for OFDA and FFP programs. The monitoring data collected will increase OFDA, FFP, and their partners’ understanding of the outputs, outcomes, processes, progress, quality, challenges, achievements and lessons learned of their projects.

The information and findings will be critical to ensuring program learning, program accountability, and beneficiary accountability, which will be useful for real-time programmatic adjustments and future program design.

This project will build upon MSI’s established work in third-party monitoring, including for the World Bank’s Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund project.